Monday 30 November 2020

Beginning to look like Christmas..

 Well almost!!
Hello you lovely lot, I do hope you’re well? I can’t believe we are less than a month away from Christmas! This year has just been soooooo fast! Tho I bet most can’t wait for it to be over 

'keep reading for a lucky treat'

Today I wanted to share my last little make from the Alphabet Challenge, yip we’re at the end already

I coloured you this cute little guy for Y but never got a chance to use him but with Z I created a Double Z-Fold card! I do love this little Yeti

I used Tangled Yeti from Stamping Bella coloured with Spectrum Noir Classiques and Glossy Accents to the lights. Lots of Lucy's Cards gems and snowflakes along with some matching ribbon. The lush papers are the new North Star First Edition ones that I just adore!

When I did the Y I coloured up 5 Yeti images and of course the other 4 needed to be on cards too

These 3 I used Distress Oxide inks and some masking to create the backgrounds along with some paint for snow

and this one I coloured the background with my markers including the tree then added snow again with paint splashes

What do you think?? Do you have a favourite? I love this little pink guy and the Brown one looks more like a bear but the cute light grey is my fav!!

Now for you lucky ones I have something a little SPECIAL for my lucky followers

I recently got my Makers pack and made a little video of my haul and wanted to share! Its not the best but at least you can see all the loveliness from Craft Label

Now you lucky lot can get 15% off all craft goodies (except Circuit) over at Craft Label
This discount will run from the 8th - 31st December just use


but don't worry until then you can still get Buy 2 get 1 FREE
just check out the Craft Label site now or Facebook and Instagram for Makers inspiration!

I best get some work done, do you sometimes just want to curl up with a good book and read the day away??

Stay Safe and be careful
Huggles Mel

Wednesday 4 November 2020

Remembrance Poppy x

 Hello lovelies

I do hope you are all well and staying safe?? It's hard to think we're back in a mini lockdown but with the way numbers are going it was inevitable!! With lots being cancelled and closed again I wanted to share a wee project with you that you can make too. So here is my Remembrance Poppy

My mum had asked if it was possible to create something to pop at her window to show here support and of course I said yes!! I made 3 to begin with and then my aunt asked if I might have a template so she could make one and now I created another after deleting the first

Below is a picture Step by Step and then the PDF or SVG file to help you make you're own I just ask that you would think to giving too the British Legion Poppy Appeal as this year especially they need all the help they can get

What you need to get started -
  • Red, Black and Green card
  • Black Distress Ink, Green Distress Ink
  • Spritz bottle with Water
  • Circle of Green card
  • Glossy Accents
  • Small bowl
  • Ball Tool
  • Hot Glue
  • Twine
Remembrance Poppy

Print out the Template and use to cut out 2 Poppy Petal shapes from Red Card, the Centres from Black card and Leaves from green card

Add Black Distress ink to the centre of the petal and come up about 1/3. Repeat on both sides and on the second petal

Ink the edge of the leaves. Leave the ink to dry for at least 30 mins or use a heat tool

Once the ink is dry spritz with water on both sides. Don't make to damp just enough to make the card more pliable 

Scrunch up the petal tightly and leave to the side

Repeat with the 2nd petal, leaves and centres. Sit aside for 10/15mins

Cut out a circle shape about an inch and use a ball tool to make a dome shape. Add some dabs of glue to any folded layers to hold in place

Ink the edges of the dome with Black and green then add foam pads built up to the inside

Cover the surface with Glossy Accents and set aside to dry

Carefully unfold the petals. They might rip but that's ok as you can glue it back together. Scrunch a little more to shape the edges but keep it open

Put the petals in a small bowl and allow it to 'cup' slightly. The middle should be inside almost flat with the petals coming up then curling back 

Unfold the rest of the Poppy pieces and add the 2nd petal to the bowl. Set aside to dry fully or use a heat tool to speed it up

Once dry glue the two petals on top of each other in an 'X' shape. Try and keep the 'cupped' shape by added hope glue to hold the petals in place

Add the Centres, the largest one first then the domed piece. Squash the pieces around the dome

Touch up the leaves with more link to make the texture stand out

then glue them onto the back of the Poppy

Finish with some twine to hang the Poppy and cover with a scrap of card

And that's you finished!
Sorry its Picture heavy but I find sometimes it can be easier too see then just describe!

Please if you can donate as every penny goes to helping support the Forces and their families especially when they need it most! find the link below

Remember if you make one, pop it in the window to show your support!

I hope you enjoyed this wee tutorial for the Poppy and you can find the link to the files below!
Stay safe and take care
Hugs Mel x

Monday 19 October 2020

Icy Makes xx

 Hello you lovely people

Have you been crafting recently?? Keeping busy while more restrictions come in??
With the darker days coming in I've decided to challenge myself and creating something I have wanted to make for a while! I won't say much because I think my first attempt will be a fail! But I will try .... keep following for more updates and maybe I'll share what I've been doing soon??? Is there something you've always wanted to to?? Why not try!!

The latest edition of Die-Cutting Essentials 70 is OUT NOW

The free cover gift is a fab Candle die that is perfect for all you're Christmas cards or makes. I had so much fun creating some Gift Ideas with the die 

Using the die as my inspiration for all my makes 'shapes' I created a fun Christmas Decoration as well as a little Gift Bag. But my favourite piece is the Tea Light Holder

Using the die to create my shape I added vellum to soften the light and coloured with my markers. 

I think these would look fab along a Christmas Table or along a Fire Place with some faux twinkle candles!

Not only is the magazine jam packed with ideas using the die it has more amazing die-cutting ideas from the Design Team for you to try. Get you're copy here

Well I best get something done while the puppy snoozes or I'll just sit here looking online for pretty craft bits that I DON'T need hehehehe

Until next time! Stay safe
Huggles Mel xx

Thursday 8 October 2020

Little Rudolph xx

Hello Lovelies

I hope you are all well and cosying into Autumn?? We had a wee weekend away on some little adventures with Jura to the Highlands! She was great and only had one wee accident involving bursting the Travel Crate lol after that she was super! She didn't like the rain but loved the attention of all the people and other dogs. Hubby has decided he needs a sign with her name, age and breed or charge a £1 for each time lol she's just too cute

Found a sign for her in Oban

Didn't like the rain

and found the perfect spot for snoozing!

A great wee first holiday for her

I have't been working still but have manages to finished some bits I started for the Use Your Craft Stash Challenge! Does It count that I had bits cut out for months?? So here is R

Here is my 'little' Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer
The file is one I found on Etsy that you are suppose to print out, cut and piece together but I turned it into an SVG File. the fawn dense sit perfectly and the back has a little space but it still looks ok with his little gloss Red Nose. I also added holes to the moon so I could add the light to shine through

When I first got this I though it would be about 10 inches but its actually 21!!!! I've placed a Distress Oxide pad that I used on the moon to show the size.
Used old old old yellow 12x12 papers that I don't think I would have used any other times as it was soooooo bright, lots of brown off cut 12x12 pieces and glossy accents to the nose along hot glue to hold it all together 

I also created my S, an oldie but a goodie from my fav SVG Files

My little Snowman Treat Box from SVG CUTS. The file is called Christmas Open House and has some fun Christmas home gifts makes

I used my large stash of white card with Silver Centura Pearl Card, Slate Grey card scraps, Scarlet Ribbon, Mulberry leaves and some Silver berries along with Nuvo Drops for the details

A wee video to show the sparkle hehehehe

Well I have to sort my craft room, reply to emails and get ready for hopefully getting back to my favourite ........ making things
Remember anyone can join us at Use Your Craft Stash so please come on over!!

Take care and stay safe
Huggles Mel x

Thursday 17 September 2020

Princess Pumpkin Carriage xx

 Happy Thursday you lovely lot

Apologies for the lack of posts, sadly been a bit under the weather and not been able to do anything! Tho we do have some happy news in our household, with a new bundle of joy

our new fur baby Jura!

She is a gorgeous Golden Cocker Spaniel that my super amazing hubby surprised me with! With it being our 14th Wedding Anniversary and the modern gift of Gold Jewellery .... I think she is just perfect for it!! She has been doing great which is a plus for me being struggling just those tiny needle teeth that I seem to have forgotten about with Tillie! Here's to many adventures with her

Now I have been keeping up with my Alphabet Challenge, with creating an MDF Memory Book, a Nutcracker that kinda scared me and a sad Crochet Octopus that still needs his tentacles attached. That brings me to P

I used the SVG Cuts Pumpkin Carriage from the SVG File Enchanted Autumn that I have had for a few years. I used some very old DCWV papers from my stash that has glitter on it (the light hitting the white is making it brighter) and then added a super gorgeous Some Odd Girl Digi Stamp coloured with Spectrum Noir Classiques

I added a faux tea light inside so it would glow in the dark. I also adjusted the sides to allow where the lanterns sit to have light popping through as well

I have to admit I have the Carriage half done sitting in my projects drawer and just had to add glue and the Princess. Hopefully once my hand allows me more movement I will be back at it! I 'm kinda cheating for Q so watch this space hehehe

Take care and stay safe until next time
Huggles Mel xx